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Carl Fischer


Professor of Spanish
MLL Department Chair 
Faber Hall 551
[email protected]
SPRING 2023 Office hours (Rose Hill):
T: 2-4 pm


AB, Occidental College
MA, Stanford University
PhD, Princeton University


  • 20th- and 21st-century Latin American literature
  • Latin American film and visual culture


Carl Fischer specializes in modern and contemporary Latin American film, visual culture, and literature, as well as gender and sexuality studies. He is also affiliated with Fordham's Latin American and Latinx Studies Institute (LALSI). His monograph Queering the Chilean Way: Cultures of Exceptionalism and Sexual Dissidence, 1965-2015 was published in 2016. His volume Chilean Film in the Twenty-First Century World, co-edited with Vania Barraza, was published in 2020. He is currently working on a new research project on the aesthetics of authoritarianism in Latin America's Southern Cone region. Other research interests include popular culture, translation studies, and queer theory. Before studying for his PhD, he spent several years working as a translator for the Chilean government. 


Courses Taught


  • Survey of Latin American Film
  • Cultures of Memory and Post-Memory in Contemporary Chile
  • Literatures of the Latin American Boom and Post-Boom
  • Gender and Sexuality Studies
  • Fascist Aesthetics and the Hispanic World 

Selected Publications

-"Fascism on Ice: Miguel Serrano in Chilean Antarctica.” Revista de Estudios Hispánicos 54.2 (June 2020): 505-32.

-“The International (Un)intelligibility of Chilean Trans* Film.” In Chilean Cinema in the Twenty-First Century World. Ed. Vania Barraza and Carl Fischer. Detroit: Wayne State University Press, 2020: 245-65.

-“Ese sexo que no es 100011001: Sobre la visibilidad digital/chilena/trans*.” Comunicación y medios 39 (July 2019), 110-22. 

-"Animal Suffering and/as Discourse in 1960s Latin American Cinema.” Studies in Spanish & Latin American Cinemas 15.3 (December 2018): 311-329.

-"José Donoso and the Monstrous Masculinities of Chile's Agrarian Reform." Hispanic Review, 83.3 (Summer 2015): 253-273.

-“Lorenza Böttner: From Chilean Exceptionalism to Queer Inclusion.” American Quarterly 66.3 (September 2014): 749-765.